Five strikers Man Utd boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer could sign after talking up transfer

Manchester United head coach Ole Gunnar Solskjaer wants to sign a world class striker this summer and has warned Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford not to take their place in his starting line-up for granted.

Yesterday Solskjaer issued the brutal threat that any of his forwards can be replaced.

“You need competition for places at Manchester United,” said Solskjaer. “If you think you’ve got a divine right to be playing every game and are doing so well that we’re not going to look for players to replace you, you’re in the wrong place.”

The Norwegian boss went on to call out the players he thinks still need to improve.

He added: “In the end that’s how you get to another level, a different level. I think all three [Martial, Rashford and Greenwood] have had a good development this season but they can be so much better.

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“All three, I’m still waiting to see them blossom because there are parts of their game that they still need to improve on. I’ve always had faith in the forwards we have at the club — Mason, Marcus and Anthony.

“They’re boys who improve on trust, they’re good boys to talk to, discuss and sit with.

“They know I want the best for them, but they also know I’ve got to make decisions for the team and the club.”

Express Sport has looked at five players which the Red Devils may consider this summer.

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Moussa Dembele

United scouts have been keeping tabs on Lyon striker Moussa Dembele as the Frenchman continues to flourish following his 2018 move from Celtic.

The 23-year-old has scored 42 goals in 58 stars for the Ligue 1 side and is one of the most promising attackers in Europe.

Dembele may be interested in a switch to Old Trafford after seeing the project Solskjaer is building.

However, the ex-Fulham youngster is not yet the finished package and may not be an immediate improvement on what is currently available.

Raul Jimenez

This is a striker who knows how to find the net in the Premier League and has scored 23 goals across all competitions for Wolves this campaign.

Raul Jimenez has been linked with United for the past year and over the weekend he admitted it was “good” to be spoken about in the media so frequently.

The Mexican has confirmed his immediate future lies at the Molineux but if United beat Wolves to the final Champions League spot that stance could change.

The 29-year-old wants to play at the highest level and Solskjaer may be able to offer that – plus a healthy pay rise.

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Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang

Arsenal are seriously struggling in the Premier League this year as they could miss out on European football altogether.

Mikel Arteta has a big rebuilding job on his hands and his skipper is in the final 12 months of his contract.

The Gunners may want to cash in on Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang so they do not lose him for free next year and United may swoop – just like they did with Robin van Persie.

At 31 years old, the Gabon international will not want to be spending too many of his latter years without Champions League football and if United can offer that it could be an astute move.

Harry Kane

Ed Woodward has dreamed about signing Harry Kane for many years and the longer Tottenham go without winning trophies the more chance United have of landing the England international.

Kane regularly scores over 30 goals a season and he hinted he could leave White Hart Lane during a conversation with Jamie Redknapp in the coronavirus break.

This would be arguably the most difficult transfer to make as Spurs chairman Daniel Levy will not let his key asset go on the cheap, particularly to a Premier League rival.

United will not have the funds to sign Kane this summer as Woodward has ruled out spending nine-figures on one player.

Luka Jovic

Luka Jovic has struggled since moving to Real Madrid last summer and has only mustered four La Liga starts.

Los Blancos have had a turbulent campaign but there is light at the end of the tunnel as they lead Barcelona in the title race.

Zinedine Zidane will bolster his ranks when the window reopens and it is unclear if Jovic is part of his plans.

The £54million signing from Frankfurt scored goals aplenty in the Bundesliga but has just not hit it off at the Bernabeu.

United could look to offer the 22-year-old a lifeline and he would certainly provide competition for Martial and Rashford.

However, Jovic is not the proven goalscorer Solskjaer will need to get his side firing on all fronts.

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